Tiorba Obbligata: Italian instrumental music of the early Baroque

(4 musicians: theorbo, recorders, Baroque harp, viola da gamba)

In this colorful and dramatic program, La Cigale presents Italian instrumental music of the early Baroque written for the theorbo as an obbligato instrument. This is a rarely performed repertoire but one which is very accessible to the public. The Italian composers of the 17th century wrote masterpieces of stunning virtuosity and expressivity for the instruments of La Cigale. The pieces on the program contrast the popular and formal musical styles of this music which integrates sophisticated writing with free improvisation. The concert includes works by Kapsberger, Piccinini and Pittoni Ferrarese.

Sonata IX in E minor, Sua corrente—Giovanni Pittoni Ferrarese (1635–1677)

Toccata VI—Alessandro Piccinini (1566–1638)
Toccata VI

Canario—Girolamo Kapsberger (c.1580–1661)

The Rocky Road to Dublin: early music of Ireland and Scotland

(4 musicians: flutes, lute and theorbo, Baroque harp, viola da gamba)

La Cigale is pleased to offer The Rocky Road to Dublin, a programme of Celtic instrumental music of the Baroque. Discover works of the 17th and 18th centuries played on period instruments. The programme explores a wide variety of music from masterpieces by the famous harpist, Turlough Carolan to variations on traditional melodies, from Scottish pieces for the lute to works in the Celtic style by Italian composers active in the British Isles as well as arrangements by the musicians of La Cigale.

The Seven Joys of Mary: Celtic and English airs for the holidays

(5 musicians: voice, Baroque violin, lutes, Baroque harp, viola da gamba)

Ensemble La Cigale has collected some of the most beautiful songs of the rich English and Celtic carol repertoire to offer a warm programme for the holidays. As well as carols both poignant and joyful, the group performs their arrangements of Irish folksongs, traditional instrumental pieces and works by the Irish harpist, Turlough O’Carolan.

Laissez durer la nuit

(3 musicians: voice, theorbo and lute, viola da gamba)

La Cigale presents a most intimate program: Laissez durer la nuit, a concert of airs de cour (French lute songs) and instrumental pieces of the French baroque. Airs de cour are miniatures of poetry and music exploring the different facets of human emotion: love, mourning, joy and solitude. The voice is accompanied here by the most sensitive of instruments: the viol and the theorbo. On the program: music by Lambert, Le Camus, Marais, de Visée and Clérambault.

Tous les matins du monde

(2 musicians: viola da gamba, theorbo)

When the film Tous les matins du monde by Alain Corneau played in cinemas in 1991, people listened to the sound track as much as they watched the film. The music, pieces by Marin Marais and Monsieur de Sainte Colombe, had a principal role in the story. People were amazed and moved by this sober music written more than 300 years ago. For many, it was also the chance to discover the viola da gamba, the instrument at the heart of the film. Its soft, melancholy timbre reflected exactly the atmosphere of Tous les matins du monde.

Elin Soderstrom and Madeleine Owen propose a concert to plunge you into the ambiance of the film. The musicians will discuss musical themes explored in the film and will present their instruments to the audience.

An Introduction to Baroque Instrumental Music

Concert-Conference created for the Grande Bibliothèque du Québec

(3 musician-presenters: violin, theorbo and baroque guitar, viola da gamba)

This concert-conference is an invitation to music lovers who would like to learn about the instrumental music of the baroque era, a repertoire dear to the musicians of La Cigale. The concert traces the development of the sonata from its birth as a semi-improvised piece in Italy until its peak of formal style in Germany with the compositions of J.S Bach. The ensemble will explore the characteristics of baroque music and some of the composers of the period with performances of representative pieces on period instruments. The presentation is accompanied by projected illustrations.